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The Jiulong River, formerly known as the Longjiang,[a] is the largest river in southern Fujian and the second largest in the province. It has a length of 258 kilometers (160 mi) and a basin of 14,700 square kilometers (5,700 sq mi). Like all Fujianese rivers but one, it flows into the Taiwan Strait.[3]

Jiulong River
Traditional Chinese九龍
Simplified Chinese九龙
Literal meaningNine-Dragon River
Beixi
Chinese北溪
Literal meaningNorth Creek
Xixi
Chinese西溪
Literal meaningWest Creek
Former names
Longjiang
Traditional Chinese龍江
Simplified Chinese龙江
Literal meaningDragon River

CourseEdit

The Beixi rises in the prefecture of Longyan; it flows east into the prefecture of Zhangzhou, where it merges with the Xixi to form the Jiulong. The Xixi, almost as long, begins in Zhangzhou's rural Pinghe County. The combined stream flows past the urban districts of Zhangzhou and Xiamen.[4] Finally, it empties into Xiamen Bay on the Taiwan Strait.[5]

See alsoEdit

  • Yuegang, a smuggling port at the mouth of the river

NotesEdit

  1. ^ This name was formerly romanized Lung Keang[1] or Kiang.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^   Baynes, T.S., ed. (1878), "Chang-chow" , Encyclopædia Britannica, 5 (9th ed.), New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, p. 391.
  2. ^ Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911), "Chang-chow" , Encyclopædia Britannica, 5 (11th ed.), Cambridge University Press, pp. 839–840
  3. ^ http://baike.baidu.com/view/23372.htm
  4. ^ "About Xiamen".
  5. ^ 1 (PDF).

Coordinates: 24°35′43″N 117°49′05″E / 24.595207°N 117.818069°E / 24.595207; 117.818069